Plenary Session 3:

Date/Time: Friday, October 4, 2019 - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
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2019 Presidential Address: A Shared Vision: Creating Meaning

Description:

This address will include a review of the year’s opportunities to share ASHT’s vision with leadership and allied organizations. It will describe my main learning experience, which was how effective leadership requires both a telescope and a microscope to see the big picture vision as well as the details to achieve that vision. The presentation will describe how having a shared vision of best outcomes creates meaning for both our patients and ourselves. Take away points will highlight the need for us to keep our vision, using both a telescope and a microscope to achieve this, and recognize the value of how what we do creates meaning.

Objective(s):

  • Describe opportunities to share ASHT’s vision.
  • Understand effective leadership skills related to balancing details within a larger vision.
  • Recognize the ability to create meaning as hand therapists.

ASHT Presidential Invited: Functioning Muscle Flaps for Restoring Forearm Flexion/Extension: Reanimation of the Volkmans Contracture Limb

Description:

The talk will cover the indications of free functioning muscle transfer for distal upper extremity reanimation. Pearls and pitfalls of patient selection surgical decision making and postoperative rehabilitation will be discussed. Case examples of successes and failures will be shown demonstrating the benefits and risks of functioning muscle transfer

Objective(s):

  • The participant will understand the indications for functioning muscle transfer for the restoration of digit flexion and extension
  • The participant will be able to identify physical exam findings that make a patient a good candidate or poor candidate for this procedure
  • The participant will understand the goals and steps of postoperative rehabilitation after free functioning muscle transfer

Nathalie Barr Lecture: Getting Ahead of the Curve: Preparing for the Future of Hand Therapy

Description:

Most individuals recognize that change is inevitable in our personal and professional lives. Therefore, clinicians that practice within the specialized field of hand and upper limb rehabilitation should expect and even anticipate change within hand therapy. As professionals, we need to lead the change necessary to sustain the discipline of hand therapy. This presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities of current practice and recommend strategies to prepare for the future.

Objective(s):

  • Analyze the challenges and opportunities for hand therapy professionals in an ever-changing healthcare climate.
  • Formulate solutions to emerging challenges within hand therapy practice.
  • Identify strategies and resources to increase access to quality hand therapy services.